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responsibility, but suspicion falls on the same pakistan-based group that attacked mumbai in 2008. this time, mumbai was better prepared, but the violence would inflame tension between two old enemies, india and pakistan, both nuclear powers. richard engel, nbc news, cairo. >>> and here in our new york studios our chief foreign affairs important andrea mitchell, you ask any u.s. official, what keeps you up at night, they is answer, these two countries, nuclear nations and especially pakistan. >> pakistan is about to pass france as the fifth greatest nuclear power in the world and they're on a hair trigger. there's no hot line between india and pakistan, only last week, diplomats from both countries meeting out at stanford university trying to talk about establishing a hotline. so unlike the cold war, there is no communication, they could have an accident. india has said in the past they were restrained a few years ago when it was proved that pakistan was behind the attacks, they were restrained by the rest of the world, they did not retaliate, this time most likely they would. i was talk to
$800 million in military aid to pakistan. that's about a third of the yearly total. the move is aimed at getting pakistan to do more in the battle against extremists. >>> there's news about a brutal war closer to home tonight. just when it comes mexico's deadly drug war can't get any worse, there was a vicious new wave of violence this weekend not far from the u.s. border. nbc's kevin tibbles has the latest. >> reporter: it has been a weekend of carnage in mexico as vicious fighting between notorious drug cartels has left some 40 people dead. in one grizzly attack, gunmen wielding ak-47 automatic weapons opened fire in a crowded bar where police allege drugs were being sold. 21 people killed when the bar was sprayed with bullets. more than 500 miles away, 11 more bodies shot with high-powered rifles were found in a pile near a water well. in an area terrorized by a gang known as the knight's templars. some victims were blindfolded with their hands bound. the attacks occurred in three places. the nor they shall economic center of monterey also on the outskirts of mexico city, the count
up in the tribal regions of western pakistan. he also revealed that up to 20 top al qaeda leaders from pakistan, yemen, and somalia were identified from intelligence found in bin laden's compound and are now on america's target list. topping that list, american-born cleric anwar, leader of al qaeda in yemen, considered the greatest terrorist threat to the united states. the so-called christmas day bomber was trained and equipped by al qaeda in yemen. panetta confirmed today that the cia has joined the u.s. military in launching air strikes aimed at taking on the leadership of al qaeda in yemen and warned the u.s. must rere-main relentless in pursuit of al qaeda. zoob i think now is the moment, now is the moment, following what happened with bin laden to put maximum pressure on them because i do believe that if we continue this effort that we can really cripple al qaeda. >> reporter: despite the progress, panetta warns that al qaeda still remains a serious threat, and even after his success at the cia in bringing down bin laden, panetta says that al qaeda itself will still be a top
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